Join us in The Attic of The State Theatre as we continue our Jazz in the Attic series this Fall! Guitarist/composer Jim Yanda began his professional career playing Western Swing in Iowa honky-tonks near his family’s farm. He turned to rock in his high school years, inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers, then discovered jazz in college. After a brief tenure in New York he spent six years in Chicago, regularly playing in local clubs, working with drummer/composer Damon Short and the Déjà Vu Big Band, and frequenting the legendary South Side jam sessions hosted by Von Freeman. He made his permanent return to New York in 1992. Yanda is a longtime member of Haynes’ “jazz-grass” band Free Country, and the pair also makes up two-thirds of The Hammond Brothers.